Recipe Type: Reserves & Preserves

Peach and mint infused vinegar

Peach and mint infused vinegar

My gran has a peach tree in her backyard, and every summer we would end up with boxes of ripe peaches landing on our kitchen bench just begging to be eaten. Personally, I am a huge fan of stone fruit. Peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries, these flavours really epitomise summer to me.

Mint pesto

Mint pesto

This pesto can be used for a multitude of things. As a dip, tossed through roasted vegetables, on a sandwich, or drizzled over eggplant ravioli, the recipe for which I will post in the next couple of days. The fresh, zesty mint provides the perfect contrast to the rich and creamy flavours of the ravioli.

Fresh egg pasta

Fresh egg pasta

There is no substitute for freshly made pasta.  None.  The store bought stuff just doesn’t stack up.  It is thick and rubbery, where the stuff you’ve kneaded and lovingly rolled to perfection, is soft and light.  It is like silk, the other stiff like linen. (more…)

Balsamic onion marmalade

Balsamic onion marmalade

This is another of our former colleague Karen’s fail-safe recipes. Later in the week we will be posting her delicious onion and goats’ cheese tart recipe made with this marmalade, but in the meantime this makes a great pantry staple.

Rocket pesto

Rocket pesto

Pesto is very versatile both in its uses and in the ingredients with which it is made.  The inspiration for this rocket pesto came when I was pondering what I could use to provide a splash of colour and a burst of flavour to my […]

Tangelo marmalade

Tangelo marmalade

You may remember that I gave an introduction to the fruit trees which grow next door to us, and to the generous offer made by our friendly neighbours to help ourselves to their fruit.  This recipe is one which makes the most of the winter/spring bounty produced by their tangelo tree.  I am partial to marmalade and of late it has become a bit on an addiction. (more…)

Quick tomato sauce

Quick tomato sauce

This is a seriously quick tomato sauce that can be served with mussel fritters (which I am posting in a couple of days) as well as red meat or sausages in bread. It can be simmering away in the background while you concentrate on the heart of your meal.

Pickled onions

Pickled onions

My grandparents were a great team when it came to preserves. Granddad was a skilled and very prolific gardener and Nana could turn anything that wasn’t used fresh into wonderful jams, pickles, chutneys and sauces. This is their recipe for pickled onions, which were made […]

Garam masala

Garam masala

Garam masala is a mixture of spices found commonly in Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi cuisine. The ingredients that make up Garam masala vary from country to country and region to region. Don’t be tempted to cut corners by buying Garam masala from the supermarket. Take the time to make it from scratch (more…)